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Meet the Team

Claudia Abate

Executive Director and President of the Board
Claudia Abate, created the Foundation for Post Conflict Development(FPCD) after working at the United Nations (UN) for more than a decade, and realizing that her most fulfilling moments were when she was sent on official business to post conflict countries. In an effort to make a personal impact in assisting the world’s most vulnerable citizens, it was a natural progression for her to create this foundation, inspired primarily by observing the elections in Fiji, and her work in Timor-Leste at the time of the Restoration of independence. With these combined experiences, Ms. Abate saw first- hand democracy in action, and the effects of poverty on citizens of other countries as a consequence of post conflict situations. This inspired her “to want to do more.”
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Faith Bogue

Director
Faith has been involved with the FPCD in various capacities since 2010. She is currently working as the Manager of Collision 8, a Singapore-based coworking space and innovation hub, building on several years of experience in business development and management for both for-profit and non-profit enterprises in the US and Singapore markets. An avid traveler, Faith speaks proficient German and beginner Mandarin.

Christy Grace Provines

Director
Christy has worked in private sector brand marketing, advertising and media for the past 13+ years where she served as lead strategist and director overseeing luxury beauty brands’ marketing efforts for big publishers, including Time, Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst and Viacom. Currently, she serves as a partner at an advertising agency focused on social impact brands – Junction 37. She is also a Co-Founder at The ‘MPOWER Project, an NGO dedicated to combatting violent extremism through messaging and media. Christy has completed her masters degree in international security policy and international conflict resolution with specializations in media and strategic communications from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She serves as the Director of External and Government Relations for The Foundation for Post Conflict Development.

Maya Serkin

Director
Maya holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and minors in both Conflict and Security studies and Russian Language and Literature. She has been directly involved in a post-drought public health mission in Mongolia, a community building and citizenship training project for Sudanese refugees in Nashville, and both medical and educational projects in an Internally Displaced Persons’ camp and rural Maasailand in Kenya. She currently works at a financial firm, and is a member of the New York Junior League.

Gabriella Elanbeck

Assistant to the Executive Director
Gabriella Elanbeck is a sophomore at Brown University pursuing concentrations in comparative literature and international relations. Originally from Syosset, New York, Gabriella’s early fascination with foreign languages has since manifested in passions for cross-cultural interaction and global politics. She is particularly interested in issues concerning refugees, female empowerment, and public-private partnerships in development.

United Nations team

Amanda Neishiwat
Main Representative
Amanda currently works as the Environmental Director for the Town of Secaucus, NJ. She is an organizer and environmental activist and is passionate about sustainable development and combatting climate change. She has served as a youth delegate in conferences such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar where she was the State Department Liaison for the delegation. Amanda was trained by Al Gore and his team to effectively present information about climate change as a Climate Reality Leader. She is a sought after public speaker and consultant for municipalities on the economic benefits of sustainability. Amanda is a recipient of the 2014 United Nations ATOP Peace Award for her work in Environmental Sustainability. She has a Tedx talk about her work titled “How I Became a Change Agent”.

Judy Tashji
Judy has directed creative services in New York City over a career spanning 30 years, with extensive experience in non-profit and higher education communications. A recipient of the Prism Fellowship, she recently completed an M.A. In Communications Management and Technology at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. She has been recognized by the industry with numerous awards. An active member of NYC’s League of Women Voters, Judy has also volunteered as an election reporter with the Associated Press, most notably as a supervisor during the last national election. She is passionate about science, the environment, and the interconnectivity of all things.

Co-Coordinators of the International Advisory Board

Andrew Brooks
Alternative Represenative
Andrew has served as a United Nations Representative for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development (FPCD) since January 2012. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University where he double-majored in Economics and History and minored in International and Global Studies. After graduation, Andrew spent a year of service as an AmeriCorps Member, and now is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. In his current role, Andrew provides governance, regulatory, and risk strategy consulting services for Deloitte’s financial services practice, primarily advising investment banking clients on change management and strategic regulatory initiatives. In addition to his role with the FPCD, he is currently serving his community as both Town Treasurer and Justice of the Peace.

Michelle Tafur
Alternative Represenative
Michelle is a Lead Political Compliance Officer with the professional services firm, Deloitte. As part of the Anti-Corruption Program, she supports policy implementation and mitigates risk around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other economic sanctions. She is currently a M.A. candidate at American University’s School of International Service, with their International Peace and Conflict Resolution program. She maintains extensive experience working in public and regulatory policy with regard to corporate responsibility, risk management, and international development, specializing in good governance and ethics. Highlights to some of her experience include field work in Kenya, collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture to provide training on the distribution of a needs-based demographic survey, and in Haiti, where she helped perform the site inspection of a newly constructed family health clinic.

Advisors to the Board

Amanda Neishiwat
United Nations Representative
Amanda currently works as the Environmental Director for the Town of Secaucus, NJ. She is an organizer and environmental activist and is passionate about sustainable development and combatting climate change. She has served as a youth delegate in conferences such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar where she was the State Department Liaison for the delegation. Amanda was trained by Al Gore and his team to effectively present information about climate change as a Climate Reality Leader. She is a sought after public speaker and consultant for municipalities on the economic benefits of sustainability. Amanda is a recipient of the 2014 United Nations ATOP Peace Award for her work in Environmental Sustainability. She has a Tedx talk about her work titled “How I Became a Change Agent”.

Ana Baric
Is currently working towards her MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. She has formerly interned for the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva as well as the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She also spent a year working in Sarajevo as a journalist for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Ana earned her B.A. from Columbia University, during which time she served as a Youth Representative to the United Nations for the FPCD.

Alex Townsend Drake
UK Advisor
Alex is a pragmatic Project Management and Emergency Planning professional with expertise in Complex Political Emergencies and Humanitarian Crises. This is endorsed by a Masters Degree in Conflict, Security and Development that was awarded through the Department of War Studies at Kings College, London. In this respect, Alex had conducted research in a number of fragile environments including Lebanon, Egypt, and Timor-Leste where he has also represented the FPCD on a number of project consultations. As UK Advisor, Alex is the UK representative for the FPCD and is responsible for positioning the foundation in this context whilst advocating for its strategic priorities and seeking opportunities for partnership working.

Alex’s profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/alextownsenddrake
Alex can be contacted via: atownsenddrake@postconflictdev.org

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